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New York Gun Owners Flip the Bird to "Assault Weapons" Registration Law

J.D. Tuccille|Jan. 25, 2013 6:14 pm

Andrew CuomoNew York Governor Cuomo the Junior may have rushed through his new gun control law with such speed that police will avoid its restrictions only through the blessed miracle of selective enforcement, but he may have a little trouble getting the state's firearms owners to attend his party. The new law requires owners of those scary-looking rifles known as "assault weapons" to register their property (amidst assurances that, oh no, the registration lists will never be used for confiscation), but gun rights activists are actively urging gun owners to defy the new mandate.

According to Frederic Dicker at the New York Post:

Assault-rifle owners statewide are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.

Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.

“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.

Dicker quotes a Cuomo administration official admitting, "Many of these assault-rifle owners aren’t going to register; we realize that." Which means that state officials were merely posturing rather than entirely ignorant of history when they penned the law and jammed it through. As I've written before, gun laws traditionally breed massive levels of non-compliance — even in places where you might think people have no strong history of personal arms, or of resistance to the state, When Germany imposed gun registration in 1972, the country's officials managed to get paperwork on all of 3.2 million firearms out of an estimated 17-20 million guns in civilian hands. Californians may have registered as many as ten percent of the "assault weapons" they owned when that state imposed registration in 1990 (though the New York Times put the figure rather lower, at about 7,000 out of an estimated 300,000 guns covered by the law).

The reason for such reticence isn't hard to fathom. When gun owners charge that politicians can't be trusted to resist using registration lists for future confiscation, they're not being paranoid — New York City and California have both done just that.

Political officials might want to consider those experiences, as well as a recent poll finding two-thirds of Americans willing to defy tighter gun restrictions, before setting themselves up for public demonstrations of their impotence in the face of mass defiance.
 

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I'd either be defying the law, or moving. The thought of "handing over" or registering any gun with the gov't that I acquired legally is unconscionable to me.

The choice for me would be easy, actually. I would have left the socialist run state of NY a long time ago. There's little to brag about with NY. Just going there for a job I see enough. The stats back it up. NY is a horrible place to live, find a job, and attempt to find prosperity. Now, with even MORE gun laws (NY already had many bans in place prior to 1/1/13) just furthers the point that Albany does not trust enough in its citizens to own firearms without draconian restrictions.

Heck, you can't even buy the size fountain soda you want in NYC. What kind of State dictates what size soda you can or can't buy? Trans-fats? Salt? What's next....guns?

Ha, but you don't need a license to make a baby, or kill a fetus. Nice place to live.
 

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I'd either be defying the law, or moving. The thought of "handing over" or registering any gun with the gov't that I acquired legally is unconscionable to me.

The choice for me would be easy, actually. I would have left the socialist run state of NY a long time ago. There's little to brag about with NY. Just going there for a job I see enough. The stats back it up. NY is a horrible place to live, find a job, and attempt to find prosperity. Now, with even MORE gun laws (NY already had many bans in place prior to 1/1/13) just furthers the point that Albany does not trust enough in its citizens to own firearms without draconian restrictions.

Heck, you can't even buy the size fountain soda you want in NYC. What kind of State dictates what size soda you can or can't buy? Trans-fats? Salt? What's next....guns?

Ha, but you don't need a license to make a baby, or kill a fetus. Nice place to live.
I like the logic in that last part.
 

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And the N.Y. government thought <span style="font-style: italic">they</span> were setting a standard for the Nation! I hope N.Y. gun owners set a precedent for a Nation of gun owners by making an example out of government.

How far will this go? When will enough be enough? I hope the message is clear. Come and take them!!!

I stand behind them!
 

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pa state police already maintain a registery through the pics system.
 

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AND, that registry that the PSP maintain is unlawful (the records must by destroyed within 90 days of the transaction) AND they have been ordered by Pa Supreme Court(?) to destroy it...THEY HAVE NOT.
 

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The point is the gov't is over reaching....regardless of the state. It's no business of theirs who owns guns. Gov't over reach is all the rage these days with the Regime in power. Hail to the King.
 

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NYS Sen. Ball

Sen. Ball just sums it up too well not to share. God bless him and all our NY brothern.
 
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